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Not going through easy days with St. Georgen: Dominik Lechner, Ruben Passler, Philipp Aichner and Simon Harrasser (from left). © David Laner

Crisis and trainer question: St. Georgen's boss is now speaking

What's going on with St. Georgen this year? The Jergina, third in the league last year, find themselves in a relegation battle after nine games. The state cup duel against Stegen is on Wednesday. Can the people of Pusteria get things going in the right direction? We asked around at the club.

St. Georgen's creator Georg Brugger doesn't beat around the bush for long. “It's an unpleasant situation that we're not used to.” This refers to Jergina's previous championship. Having started the league season as one of the title candidates, the Pusterers, who are used to success, find themselves in a relegation battle with just nine points after nine games. Last week Berndt Mair had to vacate his position as coach.

“We got off to a very bad start with two defeats. The team didn't recover from that, perhaps they asked themselves too many questions and there was uncertainty. Every game that was on a knife edge went the other way,” says Brugger, analyzing the last few weeks. When asked about the dismissal of coach Mair, he explains: “Unfortunately, the coach is the weakest link in such situations. But both sides have understood that change is needed. The decision was not easy for me; I have known Berndt since he was 17 years old. He was a player, assistant coach and most recently a coach in St. Georgen.”

An assistant coaching duo should fix it

The team is currently led by a duo, namely Kurt Volgger (previous assistant coach) and Gianluca Cecere, who worked as an assistant coach at Jergina for the past two years. “If everything goes normally, we will end the season in this constellation,” said Georg Brugger. If the situation worsens, a new coach could come, explains the sporting maker of Jergina.

Georg Brugger, head of St. Georgen. © David Laner

The fact that St. Georgen has something to worry about is also evident from the injury situation. “Striker Hagen Niederkofler has just recovered from an injury, but Andrea Isufaj has now been hit. We’ll probably miss him for around a month with muscular problems,” said Brugger, who currently has no plans to become active on the transfer market.
“The aim is not to get caught up in the downward spiral of relegation.” Georg Brugger

What is still possible for St. Georgen this season? “At the moment our first goal is to get out of there and not end up in the relegation vortex. The team is still intact and capable of achieving a midfield position,” said Brugger. St. Georgen now has some groundbreaking games coming up: On Sunday there will be a city derby against Stegen, and a week later Partschins will be a guest in the Pustertal. Incidentally, St. Georgen will also play against Stegen on Wednesday evening in the third round of the state cup. In Jergina's house they are eagerly hoping for a liberation.

State Cup, 3rd round (Wednesday, 20 p.m.)

Sciliar – Ridnaun Valley
St. Georgen – Stegen
Wine Route South – Naturns
Kastelbell-Tschars – Laces
Gitschberg Jochtal – Obermais
Eyrs – Bozner FC
Kaltern – Leifers ahead
St. Lorenzen – Terlano
Steinegg – Olimpia Meran
Cermes – Sexten
Albeins – Lüsen
Jenesien – Schenna
Gais – Natz
Riffian Kuens – Ahrntal
Neugries – Steinhaus (20.45 p.m.)

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